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Upwelling-induced variability of chlorophyll in the Taiwan Strait as observed by SeaWiFS and AVHRR
Author(s): Shaoling Shang; Caiyun Zhang; Shaoping Shang; F. Chai; Huasheng Hong
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Paper Abstract

SeaWiFS SeaWiFS Chl and AVHRR SST time-series in August, 1998 were used to evaluate short-term variability of Chl associated with upwelling events in the western Taiwan Strait. Extents of eutrophic waters (SeaWiFS Chlorophyll > 1mg/m3) and extents of colder than non-upwelling waters were calculated for the western strait and for the north and south portions, respectively. High extents of eutrophic waters were always accompanied by high extents of colder than nonupwelling waters, indicative of tight coupling of Chl with SST evolution and thus with upwelling activities. Only one-day lag of phytoplankton growth to upwelling was detected. The temporal patterns of upwelling events were found different in the northwestern and southwestern Taiwan Strait. In the north portion, a short relaxation of upwelling probably occurred between early and mid-August. One unique strong upwelling event was likely going from early through mid-August, peaking before Aug. 13th in the south portion. It resulted in chlorophyll enhancement developing and reaching peaks not concurrently in these two upwelling zones. The duration of one upwelling event in the western Taiwan Strait in August was estimated to be ca. 12 days. Two distinctive upwelling systems located in the northwestern and southwestern Taiwan Strait were further inferred.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 May 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4892, Ocean Remote Sensing and Applications, (8 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.466146
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Shaoling Shang, Xiamen Univ. (China)
Lab. of Ocean Dynamic Processes and Satellite Oceanography, SOA (China)
Caiyun Zhang, Xiamen Univ. (China)
Shaoping Shang, Xiamen Univ. (China)
F. Chai, University of Maine (United States)
Huasheng Hong, Xiamen Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4892:
Ocean Remote Sensing and Applications
Robert J. Frouin; Yeli Yuan; Hiroshi Kawamura, Editor(s)

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